Yoga Alley's warm and inviting yoga studio offers a variety of classes in various styles. Students of all skill levels are invited to stretch and sweat their way through one of the studio's vinyasa, hot-yoga, or gentle-yoga classes. Classes at Yoga Alley integrate the mind, body, and spirit, and the studio's friendly founder, Tricia Tayrien, has created a welcoming and noncompetitive atmosphere in which expert instructors encourage students of all skill levels and body types to achieve a higher state of total body wellness. You can learn more about each class and view the schedule here; classes are on a drop-in basis. Though you will probably want to own your own mat, you may borrow one of Yoga Alley's, if necessary. Yoga Alley also recommends bringing a small towel and water.
Carla Mock believes that everybody deserves to look and feel fabulous. When she founded a gym where she could teach her unique combination of yoga, pole fitness, and burlesque, she sought a name that encapsulated her philosophy. That's how she arrived at FIMB, which stands for Fabulous in Mind and Body.
Shining poles run from floor to ceiling in the warmly lit, orange-walled studio, giving students structures to twirl around during pole-fitness classes and sturdy supports to bend between during yoga sessions. Polga—one of Carla's original creations—combines yogic stretching with the upper-body workout of pole dancing. Students use the poles to enhance alignment and perform classic yoga poses, unlike Santa’s elves, who climb the pole to escape gingerbread warriors pillaging the village on their fearsome rocking horses.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The official fitness center of the Missouri Mavericks hockey team, Xtreme Family Fitness tones bodies from the inside out with state-of-the-art amenities including an indoor track and tanning salon. The center's two circuit-training areas allow patrons to change up their workouts, and machines in the cardio theater cause the heart to beat sweat out of the body. Fitness advice pours from the knowledgeable mouths of personal trainers and group-class instructors, and a gymnastics branch trains youths ages 18 months to 18 years in the tumbling arts. While parents tone in the gym, kids can color, paint, and play Model U.N. in the Kids Corner area, and postworkout patrons can swing by the Xtreme pro shop for fitness apparel, nutritional supplements, and energy drinks.
When Ruthann Zentner began studying yoga, she soon realized that its focused breathing, emphasis on enhancing flexibility, and core-strengthening poses could help people of any age achieve mental and physical wellness. Throughout her yoga journey, she spent time working with Shakta Khalsa, a renowned children's yoga instructor, which inspired her to educate children through engaging stories and kid-friendly yoga classes as a certified yoga storyteller. Within the teal-green walls and dark wood floors of the studio, kids limber up while having fun during yoga-centered games, working off the stresses of filing lemonade-stand taxes. Adult students learn the basics in beginner-level yoga classes, or strengthen their cores and improve their balance in PiYo, which merges elements of Pilates and yoga into high-intensity routines. For her older students and those unable to do floor work, she partners poses with four-legged props in chair yoga.
As parents work on their downward dogs, kids caper about in the lime-green childcare center, keeping busy with sundry toys and games. Further demonstrating dedication to the wee ones, The Zen Zone also hosts badge-earning programs for Girl Scouts that focus on teaching little ladies to lead healthy lifestyles and channel their inner yoga warriors' strength.